Men’s Basketball Falls at Coastal Carolina 73-59

Darian Hooker (photo by Will Bratton)
Darian Hooker (photo by Will Bratton)

CONWAY, S.C. – Anthony Raffa and Kierre Greenwood combined for 38 points to lead Coastal Carolina past Campbell 73-59 at the HTC Center in Big South men's hoops play Saturday night.

CCU moved to 9-9 overall and 4-3 in Big South games, while Campbell dipped to 10-11 on the year and 5-2 in league contests. The Camels were winners of 7-of-8 heading into the night.

Raffa gathered 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, adding three steals, while Greenwood's 18 came on 5-of-13 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Both tacked on five rebounds apiece. Warren Gillis and El Hadji Ndieguene each posted nine points for the Chanticleers in the win.

Junior guard Darian Hooker paced Campbell off the bench with 15 points, posting 11 in the first half on three three-point baskets. Leek Leek, a junior forward, tallied 14 points, all coming in the second half, hitting five of his seven attempts and registering four rebounds.

Andrew Ryan tallied 11 for the Camels, hitting three buckets from distance, while Reco McCarter gathered eight points.

Coastal shot 49 percent (24-49 FG) for the game, including 54.5 percent in the second half, to push past Campbell, who recorded a 37.5 clip (21-56) for the game. The Camels improved to 43.3 percent (13-30) in the second after shooting 30.8 (8-26) in the first.

Coastal jumped out to a 12-4 lead at the 14:09 mark after a layup, and-one from Kierre Greenwood. Campbell then closed the gap to 14-13 on a Reco McCarter triple with 11:08 remaining in the period.

After knotting the game at 20-all with Darian Hooker's third three of the half, Andrew Ryan sank an eight-foot jumper off an inbound pass from Trey Freeman to give the Camels the 22-20 lead with 5:45 to go.

The Chanticleers, however, carried a 29-22 lead into the break, ending the first half with a 9-0 run, with the final four points coming from Kierre Greenwood. The Camels did not score in the half's final 5:42.

The Chants added six more before the Campbell drought ended with a Trey Freeman layup at the 14:25 mark.

The Coastal Carolina lead ballooned to as many as 20 in the second half, but Campbell held the Chanticleers without a field goal from the 10:23 mark until 3:15 remaining in the game. Campbell cut the Coastal lead to 13 twice before the final horn, with the Chanticleers taking the 73-59 win.

Next up for the Camels will be a trip to Liberty on Jan. 29 in Lynchburg, Va. Tipoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.